Google Docs: comments updated to allow discussions
March 17th, 2011 - 11:45 am ET by J. G.
Google has updated their comments system for collaborative work in Google Docs so that a conversation can be held via email for all contributors.
Google continues to improve their online office tools brought together under Google Docs with an emphasis being put on collaborative working. The comments system has benefitted from an update which integrates email to provide support for conversations.
Google has also announced that discussion streams have been improved with the display of additional information for individual comments, in addition to the date and a picture of the user profile. It is possible to delete comments from a visible document, with it being possible to see these later by clicking on the Discussions button situated at the top of each document.
In the same way as Google Buzz, notifications will also appear. When answering a comment, the author will receive an email notification. Another person can be added to the discussion through the use of @, with a notification being sent for all future correspondence. They will be able to answer comments directly via email, without having to go into Google Docs. If a person is named in a discussion stream, this person will also receive a notification.
The notification for a document can be disabled via the Discussions button. These new features are currently being deployed and will be available only for new documents. More information is presented in the video below: